It is fair to say that executives face not just demanding challenges day in day out, but threats from market forces beyond their control. One way to offset this is to move up the executive ladder quickly, gaining experience and skills to make you more marketable should the worse happen and you become laid off.
More and more, many believe the best way to do this is with a mentor. This post outlines how mentors help you navigate your current job role, and help shape your personal development and career plan.
Choosing a Mentor
The best mentors are ones that want to impart knowledge to you and take the role seriously. They should have your interests at heart, and they should be able to provide constructive criticism and feedback on your performance. They should also help you navigate your current workplace and help and shape your professional development.
Some believe that having two mentors, one in the workplace and one outside of it brings the most benefits as it provides a bigger picture view.
It is important that any mentor you have has to be aware of your professional goals and help you work towards them. The mentor you choose should be someone you trust on all things to help you develop.
They should also be well respected by your colleagues.
How a Mentor will help your Career
A good mentor will help you:
- Develop your professionalism and ensure personal growth. The benefits of wisdom and knowledge passed down by a good mentor cannot be overstated. They will be able to provide you with constructive feedback on your performance, and be there to act as a sounding board for your ideas.
- Keep you focused on your career goals. Having someone who has an eye on your future and the big picture will help you to stay on track to achieve your professional goals. Your mentor will have the wisdom to guide you in this regard and help you get their faster.
- Educate you on how to be professional. With a good mentor you will soon learn the ropes of being professional. Like your mentor this will lead you to earning professional kudos among your peers and build your reputation. The better your reputation the more career opportunities you will have.
- Help you resolve issues. Issues will arise throughout your career that will need to be resolved. A good mentor can be invaluable here as they will be able to help you understand the issue and discuss it. At times a good mentor will help you head off issues before they manifest.
- Understand the business. A good mentor will help you understand how the company you work for fulfils its markets. This knowledge will help you come up with good ideas and make an impact on the business.
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Author: Beata Staszkow
Beata is an established and experienced career coach. She has helped hundreds of executives find rewarding careers, and hundreds of businesses acquire new clients on LinkedIn. If you’re career or business is stagnating, Beata can revive it and take it to new heights. Schedule your consultation today.